Shitsugen Wetland National Park
Japan’s largest wetland and marsh habitat, this park is a famous spot in Eastern Hokkaido, known for its Japanese cranes. The cranes are most easily seen in winter as they gather at feeding sites. I visited in September and only managed to catch two cranes from afar.
Nusumai Bridge / Fisherman’s Wharf MOO
Near Kushiro port, Fisherman’s Wharf MOO (which stands for Marine Our Oasis) is within walking distance from Nusumai Bridge. The huge complex has a variety of stalls and is known for its fresh produce and dairy products. As I wanted to catch the sunrise (but was late), the building was not yet opened, and I missed the chance for a sumptuous fresh seafood breakfast.
With over 60 shops, I wanted to visit the historic Washo Market to try its famous dish katte don. First purchase a bowl of rice, then walk down the rows of shops to select your favourite seafood toppings. Sadly I did not manage to eat it, and the below picture shows it all. I landed up at the smaller Kushiro Tanchou Market opposite. There was plenty of fruits, vegetables, seafood, and dried food as well.